Rebecca Fabick May 2, 2013 Jour 102- section 6 Poll story Final Following the Newtown, Conn. Virginia Tech and Tucson, Ariz. shootings, the Obama administration has been pushing for tighter gun laws. Fifty-four percent of Americans agree, according to the poll. New York Times story conducted by CBS News poll last April and majority of Oxford, Miss. residents matched America’s response. This informal poll was conducted in March 2013 by The Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi. The question asked went as follows: “Should there be legal limits on the kinds of guns people can buy and possess?” With 162 total answers, 63 percent said yes, 27 percent responded no and 1 in 10 were undecided. Many participants agreed that there is no need to own a semi-automatic weapon. “People shouldn’t need such powerful guns, like why do they need something that strong?” said Jasmine Cross, 19, forensic chemistry major at Ole Miss. “Yes, semi-automatic weapons are more of a war weapon than a hunting weapon,” said Wayne Terry Lamar, 74, retired orthopedic surgeon. Even in a red state like Mississippi with strong roots in hunting, opinions would be swayed towards tighter gun control. “People should have the right to have hunting guns or hand guns, but they should not have the ability to buy military weapons,” said Mackenzie Spriggs, 20, art history major at Ole Miss. Some respondents doubted that a new law would be effective. “Yes, there should be limits. People should not have automatic machine guns or weapons more powerful than the army,” said Kyle Rice, 19, biology major at Ole Miss. “But criminals are not going to follow the law anyway.” For this respondent it is not about the gun but the buyer. “I think in the light of this past year a background check, psychological analysis and reasons should be given to buy guns,” said Cara Wigmore, 20, marketing and management major at Ole Miss. The National Rifle Association is opposed to any further restrictions. They say we should enforce the laws we already have. Unfortunately, majority of Americans agree furthered limits will benefit so the NRA may be pushed to make changes. “Yes, there should be some sort of gun restrictions. Nothing drastic, but some very lax limits.” said Kate Schwarze, 20, biology major at Loyola of Chicago. Some voters disagree with tighter gun laws for them it means contradicting the Constitution. These voters prefer the Second Amendment to remain untouched. “I think any tampering with the Second Amendment should be done with great care and with full intent awareness with the framers of the constitution,” said Cyril Rosenblatt, 58, political science teacher at Ole Miss. “Any effort to disarm the people should be done with clear understanding.” “If you have the financial ability you have the right to own a weapon. I believe as our country is “free” an individual should be free to own as many guns as they prefer,” said Michael Smith, worker at Smith Building Supply Inc. The debate over guns continues. But in red-state Mississippi, a majority of Oxford residents think it is time for the law to draw the line somewhere. With majority of Americans agreeing with the Obama administration this could possibly force the NRA and other organizations to change current gun laws.